Al Sheehan
Feb 20, 2011

Alfred D. Sheehan Sr. February 20, 2011 Alfred Dennis Sheehan Sr., of East Syracuse, died Sunday at Sunnyside Nursing Home. He was born in Plainfield, NJ, on July 9, 1928, to Owen and Caroline Worching Sheehan. He served proudly in the United States Army during the Korean War, attaining the rank of sergeant first class. Al spent the next 23 years with the Syracuse Police Department. Among his many duties was teaching vehicle and traffic law and accident investigation in the Police Academy. He received many citations and awards for his work in accident reconstruction and investigation. After his retirement, he served as director of safety for Centro as well as chairman of the Onondaga County Traffic Committee. He was the founder of Sheehan's Driving Academy. He was a member of the Syracuse Police Benevolent Association, Eastwood American Legion Post 1276 and a communicant of St. Matthew's Parish in East Syracuse. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rita Masucci Sheehan; three sons, Alfred Dennis Jr. (Nora), Kenneth D. (Lynn) and Michael O. (Chantal); as well as six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A memorial Mass will be 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Matthew's Church in East Syracuse. Contributions may be made to St. Matthew's Church, 229 West Yates St., East Syracuse, NY 13057. Goddard-Crandall- Shepardson 463-4320

A generation of SPD rookies recall with fondness learning to investigate accidents from the witty and knowledgeable "Uncle AL."